Tribeca Film in Partnership with American Express presents
A Vainglorious Pictures Production
ULTRASUEDE: IN SEARCH OF HALSTON
Produced, Written and Directed by Whitney Sudler-Smith
Available on VOD December 26th, 2011
Select Theatrical Run begins February 2012
The trailer for the upcoming Tribeca Film release ULTRASUEDE: IN SEARCH OF HALSTON, featuring interviews with an all-star cast including Liza Minnelli, Diane Von Furstenberg, Andr? Leon Talley, Anjelica Huston, Bob Colacello, and Billy Joel, among others, is now available.
The 1970s, that glittering decade often defined by Saturday Night Fever and Sunday morning hangovers, is enjoying an ?everything- old- is- new ?again? moment. Baby boomers who lived through it fondly recall a time when fun wasn?t hazardous to your health. Younger generations, who have no first-hand knowledge of those years, are experiencing ?era envy,? soaking up the movies and the music, and wishing they had seen all the high times and high style first-hand. Life seemed more glamorous then. Beauty was more beautiful, sex was sexier.
No one represented the 70?s quite like legendary designer Halston and, in his new documentary,?Ultrasuede; In Search of Halston? filmmaker Whitney Sudler -Smith takes us on a fabulous fun-and-fact filled journey through that man?s life and times. Smith has had a lifelong fascination with the 70?s look and lifestyle and, using his self-confessed ?era envy? to great effect, he reconstructs, recaptures, and revels in the glories of this truly great American artist.
Halston was our country?s first celebrity designer?both haute couturier and household name. In the 60?s he took society by storm as ?hat maker to the stars,? and was propelled to the forefront when he created the inimitable pillbox hat that Jacqueline Kennedy wore to her husband?s inauguration. When he launched his own line of clothing, his circle of clients?and close friends?included the most talked-about women of the world; Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Betty Ford, Babe Paley, Bianca Jagger, and Lauren Bacall.
This was a time when women really wanted to move. It was, after all, the disco era, and ?shake your booty? was the motto. Halston?s look, sleek by day, slinky by night, matched the mood of the times perfectly. He invented, in the words of Vogue?s Andre Leon Talley, ?casual chic.? At the height of his fame in the ?70s, he truly was the Emperor, not only of fashion, but of Style, putting his name, and his distinctive aesthetic, on everything from luxurious towels and sheets, to sunglasses, carpets, shoes, gloves, and a phenomenally successful line of fragrances. There was also his one-of-a-kind signature fabric, Ultrasuede, which was every bit as smooth as Halston himself.
Halston was also emperor of another world, namely New York City nightlife, and the fabled Studio 54 was where he held court. He surrounded himself with people so famous that none of them, like him, required more than one name — Andy, Truman, Liza, Bianca. Every night was a party, full of dancing, drinking, and drugging, and every woman who mattered dressed in Halston. If any single image defines those divinely decadent nights it is a sexy star or a gorgeous ?Halstonette,? spinning on the dance floor in a swirl of sequins every bit as shiny as the disco ball above them.
Starring: Liza Minnelli, Anjelica Huston, Andr? Leon Talley, Bob Colacello, Pat Cleveland, Billy Joel, Ralph Rucci, Naeem Khan, Amy Fine Collins, Cathy Horyn, Harold Koda, Patrick McMullan, Christopher Makos, Stephen Burrows, among others.
ULTRASUEDE: IN SEARCH OF HALSTON releases December 26, 2011 nationally On Demand via cable VOD, iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly and Vudu. It will open theatrically beginning in LA and NY in February 2012.
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